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Joined December 2018

Historical Fiction, Non-fiction, Psychological Thrillers, Suspense & Classics are my favorite reads.
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The Exiles: A Novel | Christina Baker Kline
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I enjoyed this one so much! Great storytelling, compelling characters, set in Australia, what's not to love? #OverbookedClub I can't wait for our discussion.

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Running Out of Time | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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My #MiddleGradeMay readathon plans include two graphic novels, a back list from the 90s, and a collection of classic Beverly Cleary novels. I hope you can join us! I can't wait to read some more middle grade. @megnews

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The Exiles: A Novel | Christina Baker Kline
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#OverbookedClub Is reading The Exiles in May. A few of you have already told me you want to read with us. @megnews @thebookhippie @Kdgordon88 @melissajayne if there's anyone else who wants to join us, comment below. We would love to have you. @LitsyEvents
@Butterfinger @CoffeeNBooks @Readswithcoffee @BarbaraJean @katy4peas @julieclair @SamanthaMarie @Roary47 @Crazeedi @kspenmoll @catebutler

julieclair I am definitely in! It sounds like a great story. 3w
megnews I‘m an hour into the audio and enjoying it. 3w
CoverToCoverGirl I‘ll join in! 3w
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melissajayne @julieclair it is a great story 3w
Butterfinger Yes!!!! I found an audio version. 3w
Readswithcoffee I‘m in! As always, thanks for being inclusive. 3w
vlwelser I really want to do this but that date is bad for me. 3w
sblbooks @vlwelser you're welcome to answer the discussion questions the next day, lots of people do that. 3w
vlwelser In that case, definitely sign me up. I don't know why I thought this was live. 3w
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Two Little Girls in Blue | Mary Higgins Clark
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Small Great Things and The Indigo Girl. Three word title.

The Indigo Girl and Two Little Girls in Blue. The color blue and the word girl in the title.

Two Little Girls In Blue and Kilmeny Of The Orchard. Girls on the cover.

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Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Way to go! 3w
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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I'm sad to say that the #OverbookedClub pick was a major disappointment this time. This was like reading Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and all their indiscretions.
Small Great Things was much more interesting if you want to read about race relations. @megnews
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The Story Collector & The Personal Librarian: Library
The Personal Librarian & Small Great Things: main characters are African American/Black/POC

sarahbellum I was really hoping it was a me thing with The Personal Librarian. Sorry you didn‘t like it either! 1mo
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@Clwojick #ThingsInCommon Titanic theme for Luck of the Titanic Collision Course and SOS.
SOS to The Story Collector both were middle grade novels #MgBuddyRead

Clwojick Way to go! 💖💖 1mo
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I liked three of the four stories. There were two many time travel rules. There's just not enough time, before the coffee gets cold to really get into the story. Up next is Luck of the Titanic. #ThingsInCommon Asian main character.
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Clwojick Way to go!! 💖 1mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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The Great Alone 4.5🌟
I love Kristen Hannah's historical fiction, but they're just brutal. I was in tears.
Starting Before the coffee gets cold today.
#ThingsinCommon both books deal with regrets and second chances. @Clwojick

Clwojick Woohoo! 💖💖 1mo
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How to Make a Book Report | Jennifer Overend Prior
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The last week of #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime was a good one. I read 4 middle grade books, they were all four stars. The #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead The Blue Castle was excellent, except for one part toward the end. I knocked off a Star, so four stars for that one also. @megnews @BarbaraJean #BookReport @Cinfhen

Chrissyreadit They all look good 😍 I liked The Blue Castle too. 2mo
Cinfhen Beautiful book covers and they all look like excellent reads 😍 2mo
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megnews This was a great pick. Thanks for hosting. 2mo
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julieclair I wanted their relationship to work so badly. But Kim wanted to rise up out of poverty, while Matt was content to live a working class life. I think she didn't tell him about their son because she was afraid she would cave to the pressure and end up marrying him, thus ending her dreams of becoming a doctor. I think she should have told him, though. He had a right to know. 2mo
sblbooks @julieclair Agreed. I understand Kim wanted to be a doctor, but I feel like if she loved Matt, they could have made it work. Regardless, she should have told him about their son. The ending was a disappointment for me. 2mo
julieclair @sblbooks I agree about being disappointed with the ending. In fact, I was even disappointed with Kim, and didn't want to be, because I had admired her so much throughout the book. 2mo
megnews Agree about the disappointment. I think I can understand. She was right about believing she‘d resent Matt if she didn‘t reach her full potential. 2mo
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megnews School holds a host of complications but ultimately helps her. 2mo
sblbooks Kim was very intelligent but didn't always realize it. She didn't have anyone at home that could help her learn a new language. And Paula was always bringing up her shortcomings. Yes @megnews it wasn't easy, but education ultimately did allow her to overcome poverty. 2mo
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megnews We can‘t blame Kim for keeping the secret. Growing up is hard enough. She already had enough obstacles without the fear of that humiliation. Annette respected her wishes so had no way to know. 2mo
megnews I was so glad Kim had her. 2mo
sblbooks @megnews I agree. I understand why Kim didn't tell anyone about her situation. It's said that she felt like she couldn't trust anyone with the truth. I feel like that's why they grew apart towards the end of the story. 2mo
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julieclair I'm assuming Paula's motivation was jealousy, because she had sacrificed a lot for Ma in their early life. But nothing justified her treatment of Ma and Kim. 2mo
sblbooks @julieclair Bob and Paula set them up in a condemned apartment building, every month they find more things to deduct from ma's pay. This makes it virtually impossible to live, much less ever pay Paula back for bringing them to America. Paula resents her sister for not marrying Bob but she was supposed to. She married the love of her life and Paula resents her for it. 2mo
julieclair @sblbooks Yes. She resents that Ma married the love of her life. And Paula ended up with Bob... Which all in all, seems like Paula got a pretty decent deal... She got to come to America and seems to have plenty of money. She is just a bitter, unlikable person. I don't understand why Ma continues to be so nice to her. 2mo
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megnews @julieclair probably very strong cultural beliefs about respect for elders. 2mo
megnews Paula is miserable and she‘s going to make others suffer too. She‘s also very greedy. 2mo
julieclair @megnews I hadn't thought about the culture of respect. That makes sense. I am so glad that in the end, Kim was able to provide a nice life for Ma. She certainly deserved it. 2mo
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julieclair The poverty and working conditions they faced on arrival were shocking. Almost impossible to believe. I had no idea working conditions like that still existed in the US. Ma's sister Paula was despicable. How could anyone treat their own family that way? 2mo
sblbooks @julieclair just imagine how shocked Ma and Kim were, they never would have come if they had known the truth. I can't comprehend how you could treat your own family that way. It's human trafficking plain and simple. Aunt Paula and Uncle Bob were true villains. 2mo
megnews Roach infested, unheated apartment. The way she counted how much everything cost by the number of pieces they made broke my heart. 2mo
sblbooks @megnews 😢💔 2mo
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How to Write a Book Report | Cecilia Minden, Kate Roth
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#BookReport @Cinfhen. I had another great week of #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime 1961...The Berlin Wall goes up 1854... London during a cholera outbreak 2001... a small Texas town during the aftermath of 9.11.01 1932...Stella's Community battle the KKK. 4 and 5🌟's this week! #Weeklyforecast I'm going to switch gears and read the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead selection, The Blue Castle next. @BarbaraJean Sorry, I know I'm a little behind.
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megnews I‘ll be working but I‘ll join in as soon as possible. 2mo
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Night Divided (Scholastic Gold) | Jennifer A Nielsen
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I love to read books about true events. In this one Gerta, and her family are separated by the Berlin Wall in 1961. They were great characters and the story will keep you engaged the whole time. #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime @megnews

megnews I loved this book so much!! And I love Nielsen. 2mo
TheBookHippie I love everything she writes. 2mo
sblbooks I really want to read more by her now. 2mo
Daisey I‘ve really enjoyed her books, including this one, and have some more on the TBR. 2mo
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How to Make a Book Report | Jennifer Overend Prior
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@Cinfhen I'm continuing with #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime five books read this week Two 5🌟 Two 4🌟 + One Graphic novel 4🌟
I haven't decided what I want to read next week so my weekly forecast is up in the air still.
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Cinfhen Yay!!! Excellent 🙌🏻🎊😁so many 4 & 5 star reads♥️ 2mo
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My first five star read of the month. This is such a heartbreaking story! Told by three different points of view, two sons of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, and another slave boy. The author does an amazing job. #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime megnews

megnews I cried at the end! 2mo
sblbooks @megnews oh, I know...😭 2mo
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How to Write a Book Report | Cecilia Minden, Kate Roth
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@Cinfhen here's my #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast for this week. I'm enjoying #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime with@megnews all 4🌟 reads
The #MGbuddyRead pick We Dream of Space gave me all the 80s feels and brought back so many memories.
I read another one off my #NewYearWhoDis list- Prairie Lotus A Little House on the Prairie retailing. 1880: Hanna is a 14 year-old biracial girl in Dakota territory, that faces many hardships and prejudice.

Daisey This is a really fun format for your book report!! 2mo
sblbooks @Daisey Thanks! 2mo
Cinfhen I totally agree @Daisey FABULOUS graphics 🥳🥳🥳and what a wonderful book report 2mo
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare
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I can't believe I've never read this classic. I'm so glad I finally got around to it. Newberry Medal winner 1959. It's The Crucible for young adults, complete with a happy ending.
#MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime @megnews

EvieBee Oh wow! Sounds great! 2mo
megnews I had to read this in school. I remember loving it. (edited) 2mo
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Finding Langston | Lesa Cline-Ransome
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An interesting story about Langston who has moved from Alabama to Chicago, Illinois during the Great Migration. I loved the father-son relationship in this one. There are lots of great storylines, especially all the time spent in his local library. The only downside is the book was too short.
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megnews I wanted it to be longer too. But I enjoyed the book, loved Langston and all the time he spent in the library. This month I‘m going to try to get to 2mo
sblbooks I definitely want to read all three in the trilogy. @megnews 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Sharing for @megnews go to her page to find the link to vote. You have until tomorrow.
#OverbookedClub 2nd quarter 2022. Everyone welcome!

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The Dogs of Winter | Bobbie Pyron
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#BookReport @Cinfhen #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime @megnews
4 Books read this week
Themes include:
Medieval England... adventure stories... overcoming obstacles... Georgian England... Scottish Rebels... escaping the Tower of London... Courage... sacrifice... the harsh Russian winter... survival... homelessness... the cruelty of men... the love of man's best friend... USA small-town life... grief.... ghost... mystery... family... forgiveness...

Cinfhen What an adventure filled week 🙌🏻🌻😊 3mo
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Butterfinger I plan to join. 3mo
katy4peas I‘ll try! 😊 3mo
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I can't wait till next month! Are you ready for #MiddleGradeMarch? My timeline goes from 1348 - 2020. #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime
@megnews #MarchTBR Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. #MGBuddyRead

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How to Make a Book Report | Jennifer Overend Prior
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#Sharreadsreadathon #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead #BookReport #WeeklyForecast #BlindDateWithABook @Cinfhen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraJean
Sparks like stars in Between Shades of Gray we're both heartbreaking, especially after what's happening to Ukraine. 😢 I'm looking forward to starting the Golden Road next. My library offered blind date with a book. Does anyone want to take a guess, what do you think this book is?

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I'm sorry to hear about Sharon! I plan on starting one from her TBR tomorrow, Sparks Like Stars. Since she loved cats I'm going to also throw in a couple from the Simon's Cat series. #Sharreadsreadathon @sharread @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Professional_Book_Dragon this is a great way to honor her memory.😢💔🙏

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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Sisters in Arms: A Novel | Kaia Alderson
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I would have DNFed this if I was not reading it for #overbookedclub the constant bickering between Grace and Eliza got on my nerves. However, I'm glad I stuck it out. The historical aspect was interesting, and by the end the characters had grown on me a little. Reading this book caused me to do a deep dive on the six-triple-eight battalion of the WAC. I found a non fiction on this topic I want to read. I will tag it in the comments.👇

sblbooks The story of the first African American women serving overseas during World War II 3mo
megnews It‘s a fascinating topic I knew nothing about before this one and 3mo
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TheBookHippie WOE! Thanks ! 3mo
mrp27 Ohh nice! 3mo
megnews Thanks for sharing this! I‘d forgotten. Her whole blog is really good. Breaks down MG & some YA by topic etc. 3mo
sblbooks @megnews I definitely want to check out a few more of her list. 3mo
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If you like middle grade be sure and join us next month for #MiddleGradeMarch I want to read in as many decades as I can starting in the 1200s going all the way up to 2020. I'm choosing mostly #historical books. #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime
So choose your favorite time and let's see your timeline. @megnews

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Sunflower Sisters: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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megnews I think it‘s a good way to keep a secret because people probably wouldn‘t expect it. People are ingenious in times of need. 4mo
sblbooks I didn't know about Sunflowers and black-eyed Susans being used in the Underground Railroad before reading this book. It definitely was a great idea. 4mo
megnews @sblbooks I had never heard of this either. I googled and read a little more about it. 4mo
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megnews I wasn‘t surprised at her cruelty. I was surprised that her husband knowing her chose to divulge anything to her. I was happy to see her house burn down and I think the shack was too good for her. I‘m not sure if that was supposed to make me feel sorry for her but it didn‘t one bit. 4mo
Butterfinger It was a good comeuppance. I'm glad she killed Jubal though. It might have been for revenge, but still. 4mo
sblbooks @Megnews I'm with you. that whole ending was like "yeah I'm supposed to feel sorry for you now?" That didn't work for me either. 4mo
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megnews I really don‘t know. 4mo
Butterfinger It was what she wanted. 4mo
sblbooks Like @Butterfinger said, it was her decision and that's what she wanted. It was probably a wise choice for her generation. 4mo
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megnews I admire her. She could have sat at home eating bonbons but she put her life on the line to nurse the Army. 4mo
Butterfinger I admire the sisters so much. I had to look for Mary Woolsey Howland's poetry last night. 4mo
sblbooks @Butterfinger @megnews Yes, I think they all were to be commended. 4mo
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megnews I think the Founding Fathers had an opportunity to end slavery and their failure to do so along with all those in power until the Civil War made it inevitable. I do not believe enslavers would have ever given up slavery willingly for economic reasons. I think Abraham Lincoln had good & bad ideas like most people or presidents. I don‘t think he deserves all the credit history has given him when you really read all his stances on issues but I 👇🏻 4mo
megnews 👆🏻think he did what he could to keep the Union together. 4mo
Butterfinger There are people, to this day, in North Carolina that say Lincoln was never our president because NC had seceded. Hogwash. That is saying they condone the evil. I think his goal was to keep America as a union, not to give freedom to everyone. That became his goal closer to the end of the war. When he knew the Union was going to win. He's human with faults and I am glad I know he isn't all that my history classes made him out to be. But I am glad he became President, or SC wouldn't have seceded and the enslaved people would have suffered longer. 4mo
Butterfinger Yeah, I do think that the Civil War was inevitable. People were willing to fight to keep those forced labor camps since before the Revolution. Senators were fighting with their canes in senate meetings over this issue during Jackson's presidency. 4mo
sblbooks @megnews @butterfinger agreed. I've often wondered what if the founding fathers had not compromised on this issue, among other things from the very beginning. How many lives could have been saved in the Civil War? I do think Lincoln was a good president. No one's perfect, but who else would have been able to accomplish all he did? 4mo
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megnews In the US, opportunists used diversity as a tool to set in place institutional racism & power structures for their benefit. The US still grapples with that legacy today. 4mo
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megnews I‘ve read and watched quite a bit of fiction and non fiction set in this period so I can‘t really say much surprised me. 4mo
Butterfinger Me either @megnews just the two Maryland armies fighting each other in the same battle. How many real family members were in that? Could one member (Union) arrange the movement of another member's (Confederate) remains afterward? That doesn't seem likely to me. Possible, maybe, but not probable. Goodness, I don't know. If a father knew his son was in that unit, he will do everything in his power to make sure he gets home. 4mo
megnews @Butterfinger now that you mention that, that is somewhat new to me because from much I‘ve watched and seen, most soldiers were buried where they fell. I didn‘t realize so many were able to be sent home. I imagine it‘s people from families of means. Also the makeshift dogtag slips of paper. That was interesting. 4mo
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sblbooks I had forgotten that Maryland's slaves were not part of the Emancipation Proclamation. 4mo
megnews @sblbooks Kentucky as well. 4mo
sblbooks @megnews true, all of the four border states. 4mo
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megnews I think it can show you that you do have power to change your life or to change things, that you don‘t have to be a victim to circumstances. 4mo
Butterfinger @megnews to add to yours - to be like the Woolsey sisters. Don't back down. When you see a wrong, don't be passive. Help those in need and learn from them. My favorite scene was when Jemma finally told the sisters her feelings. Their feelings were hurt, but they grew from it and their relationship became stronger. 4mo
sblbooks @megnews @butterfinger both good points! I thought of the word courageous when I think of Jemma and the Woolsey sisters. We could all learn from them. 4mo
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megnews I was truly surprised that Sable had gone off on her own. I find stories of enslaved persons running away inspiring because it shows the strength, courage, & determination in the face of great risks and the unknown. It turned the argument of enslavers that the enslaved didn‘t want more in life on its head. It displays the very best qualities of humanity. 4mo
Butterfinger I really liked how Kofi kept his African self for his family. And that the baby was named after him to keep that heritage alive. Hope was kept alive in those nighttime meetings and codes. 4mo
sblbooks 😭 the story of Patience was so heartbreaking. I'm amazed at the strength of slaves were able to overcome such brutality. @megnews I love to read underground railroad, survival stories! 4mo
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megnews I can‘t even imagine it although I could have done with less Anne May. 4mo
Butterfinger I liked Jenna's and Georgy's perspectives. I guess even Anne May's is important to show the deterioration of a culture and the lengths the cruel will go to keep that culture. I honestly don't understand how Anne May would have lasted in reality. Her husband fought for the Union so why didn't he do something? I didn't think women could own property - it went to the husband. 4mo
Butterfinger So why didn't he give the enslaved people their manumission papers? 4mo
sblbooks Sometimes multiple POV seem to be too much. In this case though I liked having different perspectives. @Butterfinger you're right, in real life and they would have no say in what happened to her property once she married. If her husband was a union Soldier he definitely would have not allowed slaves. 4mo
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Sunflower Sisters: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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megnews Sorry I‘m late. Had to pick my car up from the shop. 4mo
megnews As an educated white woman from a progressive family, Georgy has the most power of all 3. She can choose, to some degree, what she wants to do although more well to do white women are not expected to exert themselves or be much more than a helper and not to put themselves in danger. As a well to do white Southern woman, Anne May is in a pecking order in which she exerts power of those powerless beneath her. She has also learned to use sex as 👇🏻 4mo
megnews 👆🏻form of power. As an enslaved Black woman, Jemma has the least power of the three which is why it is all the more amazing the control she attempted to exert over her own destiny and that of her family in her attempts to be free. 4mo
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Butterfinger Georgy has to get a type of permission from the men in her life. That is why she first said no to Frank's proposal because she felt he wasn't treating her as an equal. They both had to grow, I think before they became compatible. Poor Jemma had so little control. Even the Union Pinkerton detectives turned on her. She was left relying on Anne May to help her in the end. I agree with @megnews Anne May's control came from her flirting till it failed. 4mo
sblbooks @megnews @Butterfinger I agree with both of you. I found Geory's story very interesting. It was highly unusual in those days for a woman to be educated or have any kind of profession. Ann May seems more typical of a southern aristocratic woman of the time. Jenna had the least power or control over her circumstances 4mo
sblbooks 👆 but she was the strongest of all of them. 4mo
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When Winter Comes | V.A. Shannon
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When winter comes and they're calling for over a foot of snow, you read and eat snacks. I decided at the last minute to join in the #JoyousJanuary #Readathon @Andrew65
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Finish the #YAbuddyread Code Name Verity
Read my library hold Flight of Dreams before it has to go back.
Read two winter-themed books, In an Instant and When Winter Comes.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Good luck.😊👍 4mo
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 I found this cute image on line by St. Rita's Library.
#MgbuddyRead @megnews I too was unsure if I would like the fantasy, fairytale, Holocaust mash up. I did, and I think kids will too.
I love this quote:
Please, be kind.
Please, be brave.
Please, don't let it happen again.

megnews I‘m glad you liked it and I love this infographic. I‘m going to have to check out that Instagram page. 4mo
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Sunflower Sisters: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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A compelling story set in Civil War era Maryland and New York. This page-turner with three perspectives should make for a great discussion on the 29th.

Tera66 Such a pretty cover🌻 4mo
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Coal River | Ellen Marie Wiseman
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#12AuthorsIn22 Day 12 Ellen Marie Wiseman
The one book I've read: The Life She Was Given was amazing, but brutal.
I'm planning on reading one of these soon.

megnews I gave The Orphan Collector and What She Left Behind 4 stars. I have the other one on my tbr 4mo
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Pinocchio | Carlo Collodi
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 1883 version was so fun.
Pinocchio is a very bad, naive puppet. He never seems to learn his lesson, and faces some dire consequences because of it. Don't disobey...go to school, boys and girls. OR ELSE!
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TheBookHippie 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 I‘m loving reading all the versions but the original is my favorite so far in my reading! 4mo
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